Selfcare Review: Oille Essential Oils

Oille’s Essential Oils harps on its GC/MS Technology which is a strong indication of an essential oil’s purity and the lack of unadulterated and harmful chemicals or additives. These certified oils aim to bring out the best quality and provide the right benefits without the risk of inflamed or allergic responses.

All oils were diffused using a YL diffuser using the recommended 8-10 drops.

I found the Lemon oil to be my favorite. The tart scent wasn’t too strong or sharp and just gave the right amount of pick-me-up when diffused. Cliché as it may sound but I found it helpful in awakening my senses, keeping me alert and productive, especially on lazy Saturday mornings. It made me feel cleansed and energized, giving me a boost to do extra work or activities. I also noticed that my skin seemed clearer and brighter on the days I’d diffuse it.

The Lavender’s scent was so overpowering that I’d recommend lowering the number of drops diffused to 5-6 instead. This definitely smelled pure and did not seem to have any additives. With the right amount of drops, I used this for relaxing at night after a long day at work or just to keep my nerves calm after anxiety triggers. It kept me mellow (too mellow that sometimes I’d end up falling asleep too early!) I also found that it helped with minor headaches, sometimes.

I liked Frankincense as it wasn’t too strong. I tend to stay away from this oil as most of the ones out in the market reminded me too much like I was going to Sunday Mass every time I’d diffuse it. However, Oille’s version was subtle enough that I didn’t expect to hear church bells every few minutes. This oil has been quite helpful during morning or evening allergy attacks, allowing me to breathe easier and sleep better. My nose and throat didn’t feel as congested and it helped reduce the stuffy head feeling that comes with constant sneezes and a dripping nose.

The Oille Essential Oils were provided by @oilleorganics . Available at oillenatural.com

Skincare Review: The Gaffer and Child Facial Cleanser and Hydrating Serum

Made in small batches from organic and plant-based ingredients, Gaffer & Child aims to product timeless vegan and cruelty-free personal care products.

The Facial Cleanser promises to balance and moisturize the skin using sunflower oil, coconut oil, castor oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, green tea extract, and willow bark extract. This cleansing oil has a calming smell and leaves the skin feeling soothed and refreshed. It was able to remove everyday makeup without stripping the skin.

To hydrate the skin, the Hydrating Serum ($36) uses argan oil, tomato extract, cold-pressed carrot seed oil, sunflower oil, and lavender extract. First off, this smells amazing – the lavender stands out and gives off a relaxing scent. The oil-based #serum provides a glow to the skin. I prefer a more watery hydrating serum but those with dry skin might enjoy this.

The Gaffer & Child Facial Cleanser and Hydrating Serum were provided by @gafferandchild.

Skincare Review: Bliss Mint Chip Mania, Mighty Marshmallow, and In The Honey

Been playing around with these Bliss masks for a couple of weeks now and I’m having fun!

So, confession first. I love love, LOVE mint everything. It’s no surprise that I would love the Mint Chip Mania ($15).

Opening the tub is just heaven for me because it smells like everything I dreamed it would. This mask promises to hydrate, soothe, and calm with shea butter, aloe vera, peppermint leaf extract, and bentonite. It has tiny bits that still feels gentle on the skin. This is good for days where you need to relax and if you are in the mood for some mild exfoliation. It feels creamy and hydrating as well and smelling mint as it dries is everything for me.

A vegan whipped mask, the Mighty Marshmallow ($15) aims to brighten and hydrate the skin using marshmallow root extract, vitamin c, olive leaf extract, oils of lime, lemon, pine, and eucalyptus, and zinc PCA.

This is creamier than Mint Chip Mania, which I didn’t mind. I love how nourishing it feels on my skin even as it dries. It does provide instant brightening but I would have to use this more to see its effects on discoloration. I have used this in the middle of the week to counter dull skin and it has proven itself on that part, though.

A first moisturizing mask for me, the In the Honey ($15) claims to moisturize, hydrate, soften, and smooth the skin with acacia honey, honey extract, propolis extract, squalene, cocoa seed extract, and lavender oil.

This mask honestly surprised me. It applies like a jelly sleeping mask and doesn’t completely dry. I thought it would be difficult to remove and it would leave a film on the skin but it did none of those things. After rinsing and drying my face, I would only feel plump, soft, and smooth skin. Like I just applied a lightweight moisturizer. There is no tackiness, no oiliness, and no residue. It’s amazing.

Honestly, I have yet to try a bad Bliss product. For the price and the result, all these masks work feel gentle on the skin and work as promised. The Mint Chip Mania can work to detoxify even dry and normal skin while In The Honey, despite the term moisturizing calling those with dry skin, can work even for those with oily skin.

These products are also cruelty-free and are made without parabens, phthalates, sulfates, DMDM hydantoin, urea, petrolatum, mineral oil, formaldehyde, and DEA/TEA/MEA/ETA.

The Bliss Mint Chip Mania, Mighty Marshmallow, and In The Honey were provided by @bliss. Available at blissworld.com